SUBJECT: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque and Omaha Districts (Corps), is proposing to reissue Regional General Permit (RGP) 96 for natural disaster mitigation and flood-related activities in the State of Colorado. This notice is to inform interested parties of the proposed reissuance of RGP 96 and to solicit comments. The existing RGP 96 was issued on August 1, 2016 and expires July 31, 2021.
AUTHORITY: This permit will authorize activities under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899.
PURPOSE AND NEED: The purpose of RGP 96 is to authorize discharges of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States associated with certain natural disaster mitigation and flood-related activities within the State of Colorado.
SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES: Activities proposed to be authorized by this RGP are limited to work associated with certain natural disaster mitigation and flood-related activities within the State of Colorado. RGP 96 may apply to localized or widespread events and includes, but is not limited to, the following activities:
- Repair and reconstruction of existing roads
- Repair and construction of temporary levees
- Protection and repair of bridge embankments
- Protection and repair of utility structures
- Stabilization and protection of stream banks
- Protection and restoration of intake structures
- Construction of debris catchment facilities
- Restoration/cleanup of mud/rockslides
For a full description of the activities and proposed conditions, see the attached draft permit.
LENGTH OF AUTHORIZATION: The RGP, if reissued, will expire five years from the date of issuance.
OTHER GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORIZATIONS: The State of Colorado has mandated by statute that Section 401 water quality certification is issued without additional conditions for general permits. If the project is located on tribal lands, an individual Section 401 water quality certification for the proposed discharge must be obtained or waived.
COMMENT PERIOD: All comments pertaining to this public notice must reach this office on or before June 16, 2021. Extensions of the comment period may be granted for valid reasons, provided a written request is received by the end of the public notice comment period. If no comments are received by that date, it will be considered that there are no objections. Anyone may request, in writing, that a public hearing be held to consider this effort. Requests shall specifically state, with particularity, the reason(s) for holding a public hearing. If the Corps determines that the information received in response to this notice is inadequate for thorough evaluation, a public hearing may be warranted. If a public hearing is warranted, interested parties will be notified of the time, date, and location. Please note that names and addresses of those who submit comments in response to this public notice may be made publicly available through the Freedom of Information Act.
SUBMITTING COMMENTS: Written comments, referencing Public Notice NWO-2021-00697-DEN must be submitted to the office listed below on or before June 16, 2021.
Celena Cui, Project Manager U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District Denver Regulatory Office 9307 South Wadsworth Blvd. Phone: (303) 979-4120 Email: Celena.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Corps is particularly interested in receiving comments related to the proposal's probable impacts on the affected aquatic environment and the secondary and cumulative effects. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Corps' project manager.